Whew....I am pooped! We just got back from Atlanta where we saw Aerosmith in concert (more on that in Sunday's post) and that trip wore me out!! I came home and took a multi-hour nap. I must not be as young as I'd like to think! :)
You bloggers just keep on creating these irresistible linky parties and blog hops, so I'm joining up with several in this post!
First for Elizabeth's Fabulous Find Friday.
I didn't know he snapped this pic, but he sent it to me via text asking, "Are you creating a monster army?" Hehehe...I think I may be! You see, I don't like my students getting up and down to get water throughout the day so instead, I ask them to bring water bottles to keep at their desks. The only rule is that they must have a "pop-up top" instead of screw on lid....you can imagine why! So, I decided to go ahead and buy them all a water bottle that I'll label with their names! Each night, my students take their water bottles home to fill-up and bring back to school the next morning (no filling up at school....that would take too long!) LOVE this fabulous find that goes with my class theme!
Now for Kelley's linky party...
ONE: PLASTIC NAME BADGES
I use name badge holders purchased from my local office supply store for student nametags. Here's why I love these...
1. They can be used over and over, year after year.
2. I can design and print my own inserts to match my classroom theme.
3. I don't have to create sticker nametags EVERY time they're needed throughout the year.
4. They are easily accessible for substitutes to use (even for unexpected absences!)
5. There's enough space to include the student's name, as well as other information (teacher's name, school, lunch number, etc.)
TWO: SHARPIE FLIPCHART MARKERS
THREE: CHAIR POCKETS
FOUR: MATHSTART BOOKS
Stuart J. Murphy's MathStart books. I wrote a grant for all of these one year and they are spectacular! I believe they come in 3 different levels and there is one for just about every math concept. I use these as activating strategies for lots of math lessons!
FIVE: CARDS AND DICE
Since we're already talking about must have resources, I'm going to link up with Mrs. Castro's linky while I'm on a roll. :)
I have to agree with all of the others who have said the Scotch Laminator! How did I go for so long with just using the one at school?? For $28 from Target, this one is a no-brainer! An ABSOLUTE must-have at home....no more waiting for the school laminator to warm-up or waiting in line to use it!
I'm going to wrap up this post by joining the First Day Jitters Blog Hop from Fierce in Fourth.
1. A New Principal - Our principal retired last year and we have a new principal. From everything I've seen, I think he's going to be great...but, I hate the unknown. I like to plan and be prepared and, well, it's hard to plan for the unknown!
2. My Schedule - We received our school's master schedule and let's just say 2nd grade got the short end of this deal! As of right now (hoping something changes!), we have NO instructional time until about 11:00. SERIOUSLY?? Our school starts at 8:00 and we have a morning news show that airs until 8:15. Well, at 8:15 we will have our pull-out (resource, speech, etc) so we can't do major instruction during that time (we usually do SSR and some word work). Right after that we have RELATED ARTS and immediately after that we have LUNCH (yes, at 10:15....we got stuck with that dreaded first lunch last year, too). UGH! I cannot imagine trying to cram ALL of our instruction into one LONG AFTERNOON block. Poor kiddos! :(
3. The New Batch - It doesn't matter how long you've taught, I think you always get jitters about a new batch of students and parents. I'm excited about it, yet nervous, at the same time....every year!
Have you linked up lately? Join the linky parties and blog hops above!